The Debater

The Debater

I’m spending the last eight years developing a machine that will be able to debate humans. And now, we are going to have the first full live debate between the system, and an expert human debater. If you look at the history of AI, games really helped us make a lot of advances. Unlike games, real-world problems a lot of times, they don’t have a clear bottom-line win. We have to step away from games. We have to step away from black and white challenges. So, AI is now going to deal with the subjectivity of human reality. You can draw the rules of chess. You cannot draw the rules of conversation. That’s impossible. How nuts is that it could take artificial intelligence to teach us to understand other human perspectives better? The magic of Debater is that it can argue on any topic thrown at it under the sun. It’s a single debate. So, just one debate. In a single debate, many things can happen. Who do you think’s going to win tonight? Well, what we really want is to create systems that work with us so that we can make better decisions. Ladies and gentlemen, here we go. Project Debater. Greetings, Harish. I suspect you’ve never debated a machine. Welcome to the future.


  1. As we draw ever closer to an artificial intelligent world leader. We must ask ourselves will we be of value to the machines? Will they turn on us?

    This quote comes to mind.

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

    —Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

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